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Space News Update - September 2, 2014 - In the News Story 1: Story 1: 25 Days from Mars – India’s MOM is in Good Health! Story 2: Story 2: Asteroid buzzes.

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1 Space News Update - September 2, In the News Story 1: Story 1: 25 Days from Mars – India’s MOM is in Good Health! Story 2: Story 2: Asteroid buzzes Earth Story 3: Story 3: Follow-up destinations considered for New Horizons Departments The Night Sky ISS Sighting Opportunities NASA-TV Highlights Space Calendar Food for Thought Space Image of the Week

2 25 Days from Mars – India’s MOM is in Good Health!

3 Asteroid buzzes Earth

4 Follow-up destinations considered for New Horizons

5 The Night Sky Tuesday, September 2 The Great Square of Pegasus is well up in the east as soon as nightfall is complete. It's larger than your fist at arm's length and currently stands on one corner. Seen from your latitude at your time, how close is its balance to being perfect? Wednesday, September 3 Look lower left of the Moon right after nightfall for the Teapot of Sagittarius, tilting and pouring to the right. Thursday, September 4 In Friday's dawn, use binoculars to help pick up Venus just above the eastern horizon about 30 minutes before sunrise. It's far to the lower left of Jupiter. Can you make out Regulus, less than a hundredth as bright, within 1° of Venus?Saturn, Mars, Delta Scorpii, and Antares are now about equally spaced. Look southwest at dusk. (The 10-degree scale is about the width of your fist at arm's length.) Friday, September 5 Saturn, Mars, Delta (δ) Scorpii, and Antares form an equally-spaced ragged line in the southwest at dusk, as shown at right. Delta Scorpii used to be a bit dimmer than Beta above it. Then in July 2000 it doubled in brightness. It has remained bright, with fluctuations, ever since.Look high above the Moon this evening for Altair. Saturday, September 6 This evening look to the right of the Moon, by a little more than a fist- width at arm's length, for two faintish (3rd-magnitude) stars: Alpha and Beta Capricorni, one above the other. Alpha is the one on top. With sharp vision, you can barely see that it's double. Binoculars resolve it easily. Sky & Telescope

6 ISS Sighting Opportunities Sighting information for other cities can be found at NASA’s Satellite Sighting InformationSatellite Sighting Information ISS For Denver: No Sightings This Week

7 NASA-TV Highlights (all times Eastern Daylight Time) Watch NASA TV online by going to the NASA websiteNASA website 8:10 a.m., Tuesday, September 2 - ISS Expedition 40 In-Flight Educational Event for ESA with RTL-TV, Cologne, Germany and Flight Engineer Alexander Gerst (NTV-1 and NTV-2 with translation; NTV-3 in native language) (all channels) 1:20 p.m., Tuesday, September 2 - ISS Expedition 40 In-Flight Educational Event with the Infinity Science Center at the Stennis Space Center, MS and NASA Commander Steve Swanson and Flight Engineer Reid Wiseman (all channels) 10:30 a.m., Thursday, September 4 - Video File of the ISS Expedition 41/42 Qualification Training Simulation Runs at Star City, Russia (all channels) 1:15 p.m., Thursday, September 4 - ISS Expedition 40 In-Flight Event for ESA with the city of Kunzelsau, Germany and Flight Engineer Alexander Gerst (all channels) 2 p.m., Friday, September 5 - Video File of the ISS Expedition 41/42 Crew News Conference at Star City, Russia and Ceremonial Visit to Red Square in Moscow (all channels)

8 Space Calendar JPL Space Calendar  Sep 02 - [Aug 27] Comet P/1994 N2 (McNaught-Hartley) Closest Approach To Earth (1.559 AU)Comet P/1994 N2 (McNaught-Hartley)Closest Approach To Earth  Sep 02 - [Aug 26] Comet P/2005 S3 (Read) Closest Approach To Earth (2.860 AU)Comet P/2005 S3 (Read)Closest Approach To Earth  Sep 02 - [Aug 25] Asteroid Zsazsa Closest Approach To Earth (1.644 AU)Asteroid Zsazsa  Sep 02 - [Aug 25] Asteroid 4763 Ride Closest Approach To Earth (1.885 AU)Asteroid 4763 Ride  Sep 02 - [Aug 25] Asteroid 9340 Williamholden Closest Approach To Earth (2.134 AU)Asteroid 9340 Williamholden  Sep 03 - [Sep 01] Comet 141P-D/Machholz Perihelion (0.761 AU)Comet 141P-D/MachholzPerihelion  Sep 03 - Comet C/2014 L5 (Lemmon) At Opposition (5.934 AU)Comet C/2014 L5 (Lemmon)  Sep 03 - [Aug 25] Asteroid 112 Iphigenia Occults HIP (3.0 Magnitude Star)Asteroid 112 Iphigenia Occults HIP  Sep 03 - [Aug 26] Asteroid 1495 Helsinki Closest Approach To Earth (1.403 AU)Asteroid 1495 Helsinki  Sep 03 - [Aug 26] Asteroid 6779 Perrine Closest Approach To Earth (1.488 AU)Asteroid 6779 Perrine  Sep 03 - [Aug 26] Asteroid 1221 Amor Closest Approach To Earth (1.514 AU)Asteroid 1221 AmorClosest Approach To Earth  Sep 03 - [Aug 26] Kuiper Belt Object (2005 RN43) At Opposition ( AU)Kuiper Belt Object (2005 RN43)At Opposition  Sep 04 - [Aug 26] Mercury At Its Greatest Eastern Elongation (27 Degrees)MercuryElongation  Sep 04 - [Aug 27] Comet P/1999 R1 (SOHO) Perihelion (0.053 AU)Comet P/1999 R1 (SOHO)Perihelion  Sep 04 - [Aug 27] Comet P/2002 Q1 (Van Ness) Closest Approach To Earth (1.285 AU)Comet P/2002 Q1 (Van Ness)Closest Approach To Earth  Sep 04 - [Aug 25] Comet C/2014 E1 (Larson) At Opposition (2.717 AU)Comet C/2014 E1 (Larson)At Opposition  Sep 04 - [Aug 27] Asteroid 716 Berkeley Closest Approach To Earth (1.984 AU)Asteroid 716 Berkeley  Sep 04 - [Aug 27] 25th Anniversary (1990), Burnwell Meteorite Fall (Hit Porch in Kentucky)Burnwell Meteorite Fall  Sep 05 - [Aug 27] Comet C/2014 A4 (SONEAR) Perihelion (4.181 AU)Comet C/2014 A4 (SONEAR)Perihelion  Sep 05 - [Aug 28] Asteroid Elvis Closest Approach To Earth (1.252 AU)Asteroid Elvis  Sep 05 - [Aug 28] Asteroid Innsbrook Closest Approach To Earth (1.267 AU)Asteroid Innsbrook  Sep 05 - [Aug 28] Asteroid 371 Bohemia Closest Approach To Earth (1.683 AU)Asteroid 371 Bohemia  Sep 05 - [Aug 28] Asteroid Vonnegut Closest Approach To Earth (1.815 AU)Asteroid Vonnegut  Sep 05 - [Aug 29] Asteroid 6984 Lewiscarroll Closest Approach To Earth (3.230 AU)Asteroid 6984 Lewiscarroll  Sep 06 - [Aug 25] Comet C/2014 C1 (TOTAS) At Opposition (2.987 AU)Comet C/2014 C1 (TOTAS)At Opposition  Sep 06 - [Aug 29] Asteroid 661 Cloelia Occults HIP (5.9 Magnitude Star)Asteroid 661 Cloelia Occults HIP  Sep 06 - [Aug 29] Asteroid 2009 BK2 Near-Earth Flyby (0.062 AU)Asteroid 2009 BK2  Sep 06 - [Aug 29] Asteroid 6336 Dodo Closest Approach To Earth (1.285 AU)Asteroid 6336 Dodo  Sep 06 - [Aug 30] Asteroid 5891 Gehrig Closest Approach To Earth (1.288 AU)Asteroid 5891 Gehrig  Sep 06 - [Aug 30] Asteroid 9250 Chamberlin Closest Approach To Earth (2.225 AU)Asteroid 9250 Chamberlin  Sep 06 - [Aug 30] Asteroid 9148 Alaska Closest Approach To Earth (2.595 AU)Asteroid 9148 Alaska  Sep 06 - Kuiper Belt Object 2010 RF43 At Opposition ( AU)Kuiper Belt Object 2010 RF43At Opposition

9 Food for Thought Tonight’s Moon-Mars-Saturn Trio Recalls Time of Terror

10 Space Image of the Week Image Credit & Copyright: Jeff Dai Airglow Ripples over Tibet


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